2011 Media Releases

September 9, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Dan N. King, Environmental Health Specialist, 402-441-8084
Laurel Erickson, Environmental Educator, 402-441-8035

Disposal Day September 24 for Household Hazardous Waste and Leftover Latex Paint

Has your fall cleaning resulted in a pile of household chemicals you need to get rid of, or leftover paint that you're not going to use? On Saturday, September 24, Lancaster County residents will be able to safely dispose of both household hazardous waste and excess usable latex paint — at two different locations.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection (Households only, no businesses): From 9am—1pm September 24, Lincoln Industries, 600 West E Street, will partner with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to host a HHW collection. Bring pesticides, paint thinners, stains, polishes, waxes, turpentine, oil-based paint, pool cleaning chemicals, flea and tick powders, rodent poison, charcoal starter fluids, mixed or old gasoline, mercury-containing items including thermometers and compact fluorescent bulbs, upholstery cleaners, grease removers, and brake and power steering fluids.

Items not accepted at HHW collections include latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics, and batteries. For more information, call 402-441-8021; to recycle materials not accepted, check the "Guide to Recycling" at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycling).

Paint Exchange: On the same day, from 9am—2 pm, residents can bring leftover usable latex paint to the Usable Latex Paint Exchange at EcoStores Nebraska, 530 West P Street. Households and individuals may donate usable paint in cans at least 3/4 full, without rust or leaks, and with intact, readable labels; the paint cannot be lumpy when stirred, and should not have been frozen. EcoStores will dispose of unusable paint for $2 per gallon, or will provide instructions about safely drying out the paint and disposing of it in the trash. Latex paint can be identified by the "soap and water" cleanup instructions on the label.

Anyone can take free paint from the exchange. Exterior and interior latex paint in a variety of colors will be available. Call EcoStores Nebraska at 402-477-3606 for more information or visit their website at ecostoresne.org.